Italy: Geography                                                  


Can you find your city?

What bodies of water surround it?

Can you find the capital of Italy?

What countries neighbor Italy?

What do you think the climate is like in Italy?


Area                                    301,340 sq km

Area Comparative               Slightly larger than Arizona, USA

Terrain                                Mostly rugged and mountainous

Some plains

Coastal lowlands

Major Rivers                       Arno, Po and Tiber, Adige

Major Lakes                        Como, Garda, Maggiore

Natural Hazards                 Landslides, mudflows, avalanches, earthquakes, volcanic                     eruptions, flooding

Environmental Issues        Air pollution from industrial emissions such as sulfur dioxide;                         coastal and inland rivers polluted from industrial and                         agricultural run-off; acid rain damaging lakes; inadequate                                           industrial waste treatment and disposal facilities

Highest Point

Monte Bianco de Courmayeur which is a secondary peak of Mont Blanc in France that is 4,748 meters high

  • Italy is a boot-shape peninsula (150 miles wide and 760 miles long) surrounded by 4 seas.

Can you name the 4 seas around Italy?

  • Italy has two major islands: Sardinia and Sicily.

Can you find the 2 islands on the map on the previous page?


Abruzzi, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Marche, Molise, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Trentino-Alto Adige, Umbria, Valle d'Aosta, and Veneto

Can you find your region?